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Innovations in financial markets, institutions, and securities present significant opportunities and challenges to financial managers on a daily basis. The Master of Science in Finance is a highly focused program designed to equip professionals with the advanced knowledge and cutting-edge analytical tools they need to successfully navigate today’s financial markets. The 30-credit program is ideal for professionals interested in upgrading their technical training and knowledge in finance as well as for individuals with strong quantitative skills seeking a career change. Students interested in taking the CFA or FRM certification exams can significantly cut the need for additional preparation by taking the appropriate electives. The program can also serve as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in finance or a related field.


Preliminary Courses

Based on their academic background, the admitted applicants may be required to take the preliminary courses from the following list. These courses are not part of the 30-credit MSF curriculum and the students who take them will incur additional cost.

Financial Reporting3 credits
Firms in the Global Economy1.5 credits
Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Tools for Finance3 credits
Corporate Finance3 credits
Required Courses (10.5 credits)

The following courses are required for all MSF students. The students are advised to take the required courses as early in the program as they can because

these required courses serve as prerequisites for many electives.

Business Communication I1.5 credits
Corporate Financial Theory and Applications 
Managerial Finance3 credits
Quantitative Tools for Finance 
Econometrics: Theory and Applications I*3 credits
Investment Theory and Applications 
Investment Analysis3 credits
*Not open to students in the cohort format.

Electives    (19.5 credits)

To earn the MSF degree the students need to successfully complete a total of 19.5 credits of elective courses from the following list.

Note: Only a small subset of these courses is offered each semester and the actual course offerings vary from semester to semester.

Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy3 credits

Econometrics - Theory and Applications II3 credits

Technical Analysis3 credits
Mergers and Acquisitions3 credits
Entrepreneurial Finance3 credits
Real Estate Finance3 credits
Futures and Forward Markets3 credits
Management of Financial Institutions3 credits
Financial Markets and Intermediaries3 credits
International Finance Markets3 credits
International Corporate Finance3 credits
Equity Markets: Trading and Structure3 credits
Seminar in Finance3 credits
Advanced Managerial Finance3 credits
Advanced Investment Analysis3 credits
Debt Instruments and Markets3 credits
 Options Markets 3 credits
Classical Foundations of Financial Risk Management1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Market Risk I1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Market Risk II1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Credit Risk I1.5 credits
 Measurement and Management of Credit Risk II 1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Risks in Operations and Information Technology1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Risks in Investments1.5 credits
Implications of Corporate Governance, Regulation, and Ethics of Risk Management1.5 credits
International Finance Markets1.5 credits
Debt Securities1.5 credits
Futures and Forwards1.5 credits
Options1.5 credits
Venture Capital1.5 credits
Special Topics in Investments1 credit
Special Topics in Investments1.5 credits
Special Topics in Investments2 credits
Special Topics in Investments3 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance1 credit
Special Topics in Corporate Finance1.5 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance2 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance3 credits
Risk Management in Financial Institutions3 credits

+Effective for all MS-Finance students admitted in spring 2016 or later. Students admitted prior to spring 2016 should consult their preliminary course evaluation and/or waiver exam results, since other requirements and conditions may apply.

*Formerly ACC 9110 Financial Accounting; new course title effective Spring 2017.

**Formerly ECO 9730 Fundamentals of Microeconomics; new course title effective Spring 2017.

***Formerly FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making; new course title effective Spring 2017.



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